Lee’s Summit business owner helps fill workforce gap with summer internship program

Colby Jacquemin is only 17 years old, but he is already gaining valuable on-the-job training to prepare him for his future career.

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Missouri Innovation Campus expanding student opportunities through new programs

Students participating in the Missouri Innovation Campus have more opportunities to earn a bachelor’s degree in a high-wage, in-demand field while significantly reducing the time to graduate. The recognized program, located in the state-of-the-art Lee’s Summit campus, added a bioinformatics program this school year and will launch software engineering next year.

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Summit Technology Academy open house slated for Nov. 15

Summit Technology Academy (STA) is hosting open house events to give high school students the opportunity to explore educational options and career opportunities available through its robust course and program offerings.

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Summit Technology Academy to offer intro to STEM summer course for rising eighth-graders

A unique half-unit credit hour course is available to rising eighth-graders who have an interest in learning about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.

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LS R-7 students capture regional Aspirations in Computing Awards

Several Lee’s Summit R-7 students were selected by the Western Missouri and Kansas affiliate of the National Center for Women in Technology to receive the organization’s Aspirations in Computing Awards.

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Summit Technology Academy hosts Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

A total of 63 Lee’s Summit R-7 seventh-graders attended Summit Technology Academy’s first-ever Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day, held Feb. 2 at the school. The students were from Bernard Campbell Middle School, Pleasant Lea Middle School and Summit Lakes Middle School.

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Summit Technology Academy & UCM to host International Relations Council Networking Event to be Jan. 9

The community is invited to learn more about prestigious international studies programs offered through Summit Technology Academy and the University of Central Missouri at the International Relations Council’s Networking Event, scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 9.

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Summit Technology Academy former students published in peer-reviewed journal

Two former Summit Technology Academy students who completed Project Lead the Way Biomedical Innovations program were recently published in a peer-reviewed, online, journal.


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Isaac Henderson, 2017  graduate of Center Place Restoration School, and Jake Renetzky, 2017 graduate from Lee’s Summit High School, completed the synthetic biology research as part of the second semester curriculum at Summit Technology Academy.  

They modified e.coli to produce an enzyme that will produce salicylic acid, a common pain relieving chemical. The article is published in BioTreks at http://biotreks.org/e201709/.  The experiment was possible because of the knowledge and assistance from Dr. Kevin McCormick and Peggy Hinzman, both instructors at Summit Technology Academy. The funding for the project was provided by Summit Technology Academy.

BioTreks is the first international synthetic biology journal to be authored and reviewed by high school students. The journal is intended to give participating students the valuable experiences of writing and evaluating scientific papers, while offering them opportunities to share their own synthetic biology ideas, techniques and results in a professionally edited, online publication.

Every April, new journal content is presented and reviewed at an online conference that is hosted on Breezio and attended by students, mentors and professional biologists from around the world.  Breezio’s dynamic conference environment gives participants the opportunity to ask each other questions about their work and suggest improvements prior to publication. More importantly, the event offers students and mentors opportunities to build professional connections that will support their research in coming years.  Following the conference, students work with journal staff to finalize their manuscripts, graphics and videos for publication in the annual online issue of the journal. Participation is free and journal content is available to the general public without subscription.

Three LS R-7 schools selected finalists for Battle of the Brains

Three Lee’s Summit R-7 schools are among 20 finalists for Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains, an academic competition open to students throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area. Schools selected as finalists are Hawthorn Hill Elementary, Lee’s Summit High School and Summit Technology Academy.

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